Islam

Dutch Muslims Condemn Burqa Ban

November 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6160620.stm

Dutch Muslims have criticised a government proposal to ban women from wearing the burqa or veils which cover the face in public places.

Dutch Muslim groups say a ban would make the country's one million Muslims feel victimised and alienated.

The Dutch cabinet said burqas - a full body covering that also obscures the face - disturb public order and safety.

The decision comes days ahead of...

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Rape Law Reform Roils Pakistan's Islamists

November 17, 2006

Author: David Montero

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1117/p07s02-wosc.html

Putting an end to a skirmish but not to the longer battle, Pakistan's lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to amend the Hudood Ordinances, the country's religious-based laws that govern rape and vice.

Before, women who reported rape were compelled to produce four male witnesses to the crime or face charges that they had...

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Jailing of Clerics Angers Muslims

November 17, 2006

Author: Michael Levenson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/11/17/jailing_of_clerics_angers_muslims/

SHARON - Muslim leaders in the Boston area expressed outrage yesterday over the arrest and jailing of two senior clerics in an alleged scheme that provided religious-worker visas to immigrants who used them for secular jobs .

Federal immigration agents on Wednesday...

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Muslim Women to Form Rights Council

November 17, 2006

Author: Rachel Zoll

Source: The News and Observer

Wire Service: AP

http://dwb.newsobserver.com/24hour/nation/story/3422514p-12566499c.html

NEW YORK (AP) - Muslim women from the United States and around the world are meeting this weekend on forming the first international Islamic advisory council for women. The American Society for Muslim Advancement, the lead organizer of the event, said the goal of...

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ACLU Elects First Arab-American

November 16, 2006

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: Voice Of America News

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2006-11-15-voa43.cfm

An activist with an Arab-American civil rights group has become the first Arab-American ever elected to the governing board of the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the nation's leading civil rights watchdogs. The move by the non-profit ACLU underscores the widespread concern about Arab-American civil rights in...

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Salam Al-Marayati 'Takes Five:' Working to Debunk Myths about Muslim Americans

November 16, 2006

Source: Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=531721

Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, will talk on "Overcoming Exclusion and Bigotry in America" in a free lecture at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, 4707 S. 13th St. The council, with an office in Washington, D.C., lobbies for American Muslims' civil rights and has other activities. It denounced the Taliban in Afghanistan and...

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Police Force Hosts Muslim Summit

November 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/6153430.stm

Representatives of all 43 mosques in South Yorkshire are gathering for the first Muslim community conference hosted by the county's police force.

About 150 delegates are expected to attend the event, entitled Advancing Community Cohesion, in Sheffield.

Speakers will include Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, and Abdul...

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2 Local Imams Arrested in Alleged Visa Scheme

November 16, 2006

Author: Yvonne Abraham and Raja Mishra

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/11/16/2_local_imams_arrested_in_alleged_visa_scheme/

Federal immigration agents arrested imams from two Boston-area mosques yesterday on charges they were involved in a scheme that provided religious worker visas to immigrants who used them to enter the United States and work instead as gas...

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Iftar and American Islam

November 16, 2006

Author: Matthew Weiner

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/1116.shtml

Iftar (the breaking of daily fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadan) in interfaith settings is an increasingly widespread phenomenon. This year there were dozens of interfaith Iftar celebrations throughout New York City, where I live, and perhaps hundreds nation wide. Inviting non-Muslims to break fast has become a...

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Congress' first Muslim can build bridges

November 16, 2006

Author: Raeed N. Tayeh

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061116/OPINION02/611160336/1068

The election of Keith Ellison to Congress is a victory for the 7 million Muslims living in the United States. And it's a victory for America.

Ellison will represent Minnesota's 5th Congressional District -- proof positive of Muslim integration into American society.

A 43...

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Pakistan Votes to Amend Rape Laws

November 15, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/204/story_20433_1.html

Pakistan's parliament approved amendments Wednesday to an Islamic-based law on rape, dropping the death penalty and flogging for those convicted of consensual sex outside marriage, officials said.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf praised lawmakers for passing the bill, which enraged Islamist lawmakers who stormed out of parliament in protest....

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Democrats' Wins Hinged on Muslims

November 14, 2006

Author: Eric Pfeiffer

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20061114-121054-5433r.htm

Muslim voters, an electoral ally of President Bush as recently as 2000, played a key role in turning over control of the Senate to Democrats, a study shows.

"Although the-get-out-the-vote campaign was nonpartisan, there is no doubt that our strategy to support a large Muslim voter turnout in areas with potentially...

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Arab Groups Question Bank's Action

November 14, 2006

Author: Niraj Warikoo

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061114/NEWS05/611140361

Comerica Bank plans to terminate on Wednesday the accounts of a Muslim charity headquartered in Southfield that was raided two months ago by federal agents, according to letters the bank sent charity officials.

The move by the private bank against Life for Relief and Development concerns Arab...

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In Solidarity, Many Wear Head Covering

November 14, 2006

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/religion/16004781.htm

Samantha Keller of San Jose wrapped a pink scarf around her face Monday, covering her long, curly brown hair. The church-going Catholic donned a Muslim veil as part of a global social experiment to show that she respects other people's cultures and faiths.

``I didn't get any weird stares or feel...

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